August 2, 2018
Media and Communications
DPS Reminds Texans to Stay Prepared as Hurricane
– As the 2018 hurricane season continues, the Texas Department of Public Safety
(DPS) is reminding Texans to evaluate their emergency plans now and monitor
weather forecasts for the development of potential storms. Historically, August
and September are the most active months during the Atlantic hurricane season (which
began June 1 and continues through Nov. 30).
hurricane season continues, we are reminded of the lessons learned in the wake
of Hurricane Harvey,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “The state is proactively
allocating the necessary resources to protect lives and property in the event
of another hurricane, and it is imperative that Texas families do the same.
When severe weather hits, being adequately prepared can mean the difference
between life and death, and I encourage all Texans to take an active role in
ensuring their own safety this hurricane season.”
Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes and
tropical storms. It is possible for a storm to severely impact our state, even
prior to or without making direct landfall in Texas. Hurricanes can cause
widespread damage, and winds can vary from 74 to 157 miles per hour (or
higher). Additionally, hurricanes and tropical storms can spawn tornadoes,
create dangerous coastal water conditions, including storm surges, and cause extensive
flooding damage. The rainfall associated
with a tropical system can also have an extremely wide reach, so monitoring
changing weather conditions during hurricane season is critically important for
we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the type of
devastation that hurricanes can cause is on the minds of many Texans,” said DPS
Director Steven McCraw. “DPS wants to remind all Texas residents to take
precautions now to prepare for the peak months of hurricane season. Early and
adequate preparations are of paramount importance, and Texans should take
precautions to protect themselves, their loved ones and their property well
before a storm hits.”
Here are several measures residents can take now to
prepare for potential storms:
- Assemble an emergency kit that includes essential
documents, supplies and provisions.
- Review hurricane evacuation maps, and select a route
for you and your family.
- Plan how all family members and pets will evacuate
- Consider any special needs for individuals with
disabilities or the elderly.
- Stay informed about changing weather conditions in and
around your area.
- Follow the instructions of local officials if a storm
are also encouraged to review their property’s flood risk and current insurance
coverage, and consider whether a separate flood policy should be part of their
home protection plan. (Remember most flood policies have a 30-day waiting
period before taking effect.) For more information, visit the Texas Department of Insurance website.
If you or someone you know might need assistance
during a disaster, register now with the State of Texas Emergency
Assistance Registry (STEAR) — a free registry that provides local emergency
planners and responders with additional information about the needs in their
communities. To register, contact 2-1-1 Texas, the state’s free 24-hour
helpline. No matter where you live
in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905 for community resources.
more information about hurricanes and tips on how to prepare for the 2018
hurricane season, visit the DPS
website or ready.gov.
information can also be found at the National Weather Service
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